River Trips

Boater on the Virgin River

All watercraft use in the park requires a wilderness permit. These permits are free and can be obtained at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center the day before or the day of your trip. To find out when the Wilderness Desk is open, read about our operating hours.

Permits to float the Virgin River are issued when the river is flowing in excess of 150 cubic feet per second. Flow rates for the Virgin River can be found here. Watercraft must be specifically designed for whitewater use. Operators must be equipped with approved personal flotation devices.

Kayak trips through The Narrows portion of the Virgin River should only be attempted by expert paddlers who are prepared to survive without assistance for multiple days. You should possess the skills to paddle class V Whitewater. At some flows, the rapids may qualify for an easier classification. Permits for kayaking through The Narrows will not be issued on the day of the trip and must be obtained the day before. An early start to this trip is needed. Permits for kayaking through the Narrows will only be issued if the flow of the Virgin River has stayed between 150 and 600 cubic feet per second for 24 consecutive hours.

Inner tubes are not permitted at any time on any watercourse within the park.


Last updated: April 23, 2022

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Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.

Springdale, UT 84767


If you have questions, please email zion_park_information@nps.gov. Listen to recorded information by calling anytime 24 hours a day. Rangers answer phone calls from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT, but a ranger may not answer if they are already speaking with someone else.

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